We Fight Fascists

We Fight Fascists

The 43 Group and the Forgotten Battle for Postwar Britain

by Daniel Sonabend

Hardback Publication Date: 04/02/2020

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In 1946 many Jewish soldiers returned to their homes in England imagining that they had fought and defeated the forces of fascism in Europe.

Yet in London they found a revived fascist movement inspired by Sir Oswald Mosley and stirring up agitation against Jews and communists. Many felt that the government, the police and even the Jewish Board of Deputies were ignoring the threat; so they had to take matters into their own hands, by any means necessary.

Forty-three Jewish servicemen met together and set up a group that tirelessly organised, infiltrated meetings, and broke up street demonstrations to stop the rebirth of the far right.

The group included returned war heroes; women who went undercover; and young Jews, such as hairdresser Vidal Sassoon, seeking adventure. From 1947, the 43 Group grew into a powerful troop that could muster hundreds of fighters turning meetings into mass street brawls at short notice.

The history of the 43 Group is not just a gripping story of a forgotten moment in Britain's postwar history; it is also a timely lesson in how to confront fascism, and how to win.

ISBN:
9781788733243
9781788733243
Category:
Political science & theory
Format:
Hardback
Publication Date:
04-02-2020
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Country of origin:
United Kingdom
Pages:
304
Dimensions (mm):
240.79x157.73x30.48mm
Weight:
0.57kg
Daniel Sonabend

Daniel Sonabend is a writer and historian who lives in London. He studied for his Mphil in Political Thought and Intellectual History at Cambridge University.

For the past six years he has been researching the 43 Group and working to share its story. This is his first book.

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